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Audrey Hepburn

Overview page. Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945) — Music Theatre.

1929–1993)

Belgian-born US actress whose combination of sophisticated beauty and elfin charm ensured her success.

Born in Brussels, the daughter of a Dutch baroness and an...

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Debbie Allen

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre — United States History.

(b. 16 January 1950), director, writer, producer, and choreographer.

Ambitious, talented Debbie Allen has broken ground for black women in a variety of roles, primarily behind the...

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Dorothy Dandridge

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Music Theatre.

(b. 9 November 1923; d. 8 September 1965), actor.

Dorothy Dandridge was not the first black woman to star in Hollywood films. Nina Mae McKinney, Fredi Washington, and Ethel Waters...

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Elizabeth Taylor

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

(1932– )

US actress, whose long list of husbands is only exceeded by the long list of her films.

Born in London to American parents, Taylor was taken to Hollywood at the...

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Hattie McDaniel

Overview page. Subjects: United States History — Music Theatre.

(1895–1952).

Film and television performer. Although she will be forever remembered as Mammy in Gone With the Wind (1939), the round African American character actress acted in...

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James Stewart

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(1908–1997)

US film star, who typically portrayed slow-speaking honest heroes.

Born in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Stewart showed an early interest in entertainment as an...

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Joan Crawford

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(1904–1977).

Film performer. The glamorous, often mannered, frequently imitated movie star, her long and varied career included seven movie musicals. Crawford was born in San...

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Ken Russell

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(1927– )

British film director, whose work in the cinema and on television has made controversial use of violence and the macabre.

Russell, who was born in Southampton,...

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Otto Preminger

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(1906–1986)

Austrian-born US film and theatre director and producer.

The holder of a doctorate in law from the university in his native Vienna, Preminger did not pursue a...

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Stan Laurel

Overview page. Subjects: Music Theatre — Contemporary History (Post 1945).

Film comedy team. The most successful comedy team in the history of the movies, popular in both silents and talkies, the oddly matched duo rarely sang or danced, yet were ...

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